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Derek du Preez


Derek du Preez joined Computerworld UK as a reporter in February 2012, prior to which he was working a reporter for competitor title Computing. He has a broad range of experience covering news, writing features, chairing podcasts and recording videos for editorial use.

Before entering B2B journalism, Derek studied Industrial Economics at the University of Warwick. He also previously worked for Halifax Bank of Scotland, where he investigated unclaimed sums of money that needed to be reallocated.

Areas that Derek covers at Computerworld UK include telecoms, public sector projects and the financial industry.

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Privacy complaints over new NHS patient database just scaremongering

Critics raising privacy concerns over a new NHS database that will extract patient data from GP systems are just “peddling scaremongering myths”, according to medical research organisations. read more »

Lincolnshire Council selects Serco for £70m IT deal despite ongoing controversy

Lincolnshire County Council has selected Serco as the preferred bidder for a £70 million business process outsourcing deal, despite ongoing controversy surrounding the firm’s overcharging central government on an electronic tagging contract. read more »

Report: Universal Credit could be scrapped after next general election

The Department for Work and Pensions’ flagship welfare reform project, Universal Credit, could be scaled back or scrapped after the next general election if Iain Duncan Smith doesn't start delivering results. read more »

BAE shares down after weak results, but claims UK business in good shape

BAE Systems, the defence technolgy giant that is increasingly focussing on It services and security, saw a 10 percent drop in its shares today after it announced a fall in profits, which fell by two-thirds to £442 million in 2013. However, it also told investors that its UK business is in good shape and stable. read more »

Greater Manchester CSU consolidates nine sites onto ServiceNow cloud

Greater Manchester Commissioning Support Unit (GMCSU) has successfully migrated nine pre-existing NHS support sites, all using disparate platforms from a number of providers, onto ServiceNow’s IT Support Management cloud. read more »

Coca-Cola targets IT and supply chain for £930m savings by 2016

Coca-Cola has said that it will cut an additional $1 billion (£600 million) in costs by 2016, where the beverage giant will target productivity savings through supply chain optimisation and IT standardisation. read more »

NHS England delays launch of controversial patient database

NHS England has decided to delay the launch of a new controversial patient database that aims to extract records from GP systems after a backlash from the public and warnings from experts and organisations that it could pose a risk to people’s privacy. read more »

Report: HP knew about Autonomy sales practices months before write-down

Hewlett Packard executives, including CEO Meg Whitman, knew about certain Autonomy sales practices months before a whistleblower came forward to highlight them, which led to the $8.8 billion dollar write-down of the company. read more »

Weve partners with Proxama to bring loyalty service to mobile payments

Mobile wallet and payments solution, Weve, has partnered with Promaxa to bring personalised and location-based loyalty schemes to the service. read more »

NHS in crisis talks as pressure mounts to halt launch of new patient database

NHS England officials are holding crisis talks over the introduction of a new database that extracts patient records from GP systems, as criticism mounts over the organisation's handling of the launch, its approach to informing the public about their options and privacy concerns. read more »

NHS admits there is a privacy risk with new patient database

NHS England has admitted that there is a risk of patient data being identified following the launch of a new central database, despite promises that the records will be pseudonymised when extracted from GPs’ systems. read more »

Arcadia Group signs £50m Oracle deal to boost digital

The Arcadia Group, which owns popular brands such as Topshop, Topman and Dorothy Perkins, has signed a £50 million deal with Oracle to boost its investment in digital technologies and platforms. read more »

BBC puts £285m transition period down to several unforeseen circumstances

The BBC has explained that it will be paying Atos £285 million to transition the broadcaster to a service tower model for its new technology framework due to “several unforeseen circumstances”. read more »

NHS England plans fines for GPs not using new e-referral system

GPs across England face being fined if they don't make use of a new e-referral system that is due to be launched by the end of this year, according to plans being developed by NHS England. read more »

Home Office signs deal with Indian IT services firm via G-Cloud

The Home Office has signed an India-based IT services firm to work alongside its Immigration Platform Technologies (IPT) team to develop and test a Shared Service Bus (SSB) and a Common Data Platform (CDP). read more »

BBC prepares for break up of £2bn Atos contract in 2015

The BBC has begun preparing for the end of its ten year £2 billion deal with Atos, where it plans to work with a variety of suppliers in the future by breaking up the monolithic contract into a number of service towers. read more »

Agressive mobile interactions could turn off customers, warns ASDA

Although ASDA sees mobile as a disruptive force to its business model, the retailer's head of insight and pricing believes that if too many different players make a 'land grab' for the customer it could kill all future interaction. read more »

Online European Travel Agency gets £7m per year ROI using Splunk

Leading European online travel agency, e-Travel SA, is seeing a $12 million (£7 million) a year return on investment since using Splunk Enterprise for real-time operational intelligence. read more »

Department of Health and Microsoft in talks over end of Windows XP support

The Department of Health and Microsoft are negotiating a deal to extend security support to NHS PCs running Windows XP, which will be vulnerable to attack if they miss the end of support deadline on the 8th April. read more »

Wagamama signs deal with Visa to roll out digital wallet

Wagamama has announced that it will now allow its customers to use Visa’s digital wallet to make purchases for its food online, which it hopes will boost consumer confidence in making payments securely online. read more »

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